New Generation of Anti-Ageing Cosmeceutical

Author

PROF DR CHANG SEO PARK
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Dongguk University
3-26 Pil-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul 100-715, Korea
phone: +82 2 2260 8597, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language

English

Title

New Generation of Anti-Ageing Cosmeceutical

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

23rd-26th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

People are always interested in maintaining a youthful appearance, and as the aged population increases, this market is increasingly expanding.  Over the last couple of decades, retinoids have been the most prevalent anti-ageing cosmeceuticals in the market. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives present in all living organisms, and play key roles for proper growth, bone development, and integrity of epithelial barriers. Synthetic analogs of vitamin A were commercially available in the 1970s and since then, diverse topical applications using retinoids started.  Other vitamins, for example vitamin C, E, niacine amide (a member of vitamin B complex) and antioxidants have been exploited as cosmeceuticals.  With the advent of “naturalism” as new trends in wellness industries, many efforts are being made in order to search for novel cosmeceuticals that have better skin efficacy than that of retinoids with little side effect.  Therefore, botanicals are now significant part of every product in the market from cosmetics to beauty foods. Their purported skin efficacies are thought to be exerted through the radical scavenging activities, and other unclear properties. In many cases, these active compounds are classified as flavonoids, terpenoids, and other family of phytochemicals. More evidence-based research is required for botanicals to become a true cosmeceuticals.  Some examples of these botanicals include chamomile, which has anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties, and ginseng, which stimulates the biosynthesis of protein, RNA, and lipid. Ginkgo biloba extract was found to locally induce SOD and to catalyses enzyme activity in the epidermis after topical application. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory activity. Glycyrrhizin found in licorice root has anti-inflammatory and whitening activity. Aloe vera has been shown to accelerate wound healing and to protect and soothe the skin. Traditional medicinal herbs of Far East Asian countries like Korea, China, and Japan have been extensively screened for their cosmeceutical efficacies. On the other hands, tropical medicinal herbs from South East Asian countries including Malaysia are still remained largely untouched.  Recently, many effort in  searching for novel cosmeceuticals in my laboratories in collaboration with CEPP, UTM are being made.  Some of the recent outcome from this collaborative work and the future plan will be discussed.

Keywords

Anti-Ageing cosmeceutical, retinoid

Session

Plenary 5

Topic

Not Available